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BILL CRAWFORD: Kudzu-like government thwarts cutbacks

It’s budget time again for the Mississippi Legislature. More money is needed to fund schools, community colleges, universities, highways, Medicaid, Corrections, public safety, mental health, and so on. Oh, and a tax cut too. Revenue growth can cover part, but not all. So, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee will, once again, painstakingly pick winners and losers from the vast array ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Gov. Bryant offers tough love for the orphan

Governor Phil Bryant met last week with Mississippi’s Catholic, Episcopal and Methodist leaders to discuss the plight of “legal” refugee children seeking help and homes in our state. These seemingly well-meaning religious leaders urged Bryant not to block the resettling of immigrant children to potential homes in Mississippi. Bryant said “no,” but made an even more important point to these ...

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It's showtime for MAGIC as state launches single accounting system

Mississippi state government is counting on big returns from a $100-million accounting system that integrates what previously were a handful of different systems used by state agencies, commissions and boards. Launched Tuesday, the system known as MAGIC, short for Mississippi’s Accountability System for Government Information and Collaboration, required a dozen years of work, including around-the-clock shifts in recent weeks. If ...

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Brown: People 'sick of hearing' about inadequate education funding

BILOXI — State education leaders said at a Mississippi Municipal League school funding forum that when the state doesn’t fully fund schools, the bill winds up being the problem of local governments. State Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, said people are “sick of hearing we don’t have the money to fully fund education,” adding that next year schools will be shorted ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: GOP primary may set record

The June 3 election where state Sen. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville is challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran most likely will produce the largest Republican Party primary turnout in the state’s history. In the 2012 Republican Party primary for president, 294,100 people voted in the election won by Mitt Romney. People voting in the Republican primary that year far outpaced ...

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State to end sales tax on interest paid on store-financed merchandise

Toting the note just got easier for Mississippi car dealers and other merchants who finance their customers’ purchases. Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing of House Bill 260 Tuesday puts a July 1 end to sales taxes on interest and other finance charges at buy-here-pay-here retail locations, including auto dealerships and furniture and appliance stores that arrange installment payments on items they ...

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MDA's Entrepreneur Center in new first floor space in Woolfolk

The Mississippi Development Authority’s Entrepreneur Center has relocated to the Woolfolk Building’s first-floor in a move designed to make the Center and its resources more accessible to people who want to get a business off the ground. » READ MORE: Entrepreneur Center: Helping you find your corner of commerce Project managers will work from cubicles just inside the new office space. ...

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DOR: State’s general fund stands to lose more than $100 million annually through the new tax apportionment rules

A bill to limit how and when the Mississippi Department of Revenue can use a market-based taxing method in calculating the tax bills of multistate businesses in the state passed the Legislature Tuesday morning. Legislators also put limits on the DOR’s authority to demand multistate companies provide combined tax returns. The DOR has insisted on authority to seek combined returns ...

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Capital Towers picked for Secretary of State annex office

Downtown Jackson will gain up to 90 new office workers with the expected move of the Mississippi Secretary of State’s annex office to the 20-story Capital Towers, 125 South Congress Street. The state was expected to sign a lease Wednesday for approximately 31,000 square feet on the 16th and 17th floors and a portion of the first floor. The move ...

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